Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Arnold Palmer and Dr. Michael Smurfit officially opened the newest addition to the Palmer family of courses, the South Course at The K Club in Straffen County, Ireland on July 21, 2003.
Design of the K Club began in the late 1980’s when Palmer Course Design Company was chosen as golf course architects for the North Course. During the summer of 2000, Dr. Smurfit came back to Palmer Course Design with the request for design of a second course. The South Course features 30’ elevation changes, Bentgrass greens, and lakes with extensive aquatic plantings.
Since its official opening in July 1991, the North Course has hosted the European Open, the Smurfit Irish Professional Championship and the PGA Cup Matches. The K Club has now been chosen to host the 2006 Ryder Cup Matches.
“I was delighted, along with all at Palmer Course Design Company, to learn that The K Club has been chosen to stage the 2006 Ryder Cup matches,” said Palmer. “When we received the briefs to design the golf course, Michael Smurfit and I decided to come up with a challenge which would be enjoyable for the club golfer, yet worthy of hosting top professional tournaments. There can be no higher accolade then to have our creation played by the elite of the world of golf. Ireland, Smurfit and The Kildare Hotel & Country Club are most deserving of this great sporting event.”
Palmer Course Design Company is an international golf course planning and design organization formed by Palmer and Seay over thirty years ago. The foundation of its design and business philosophy is the genuine, traditional and sound standard of excellence exhibited by Arnold Palmer, the game’s most famous player and ambassador. Whether the course is private, public, or resort, the Palmer standard of excellence is the foundation of every design. The Palmer Course Design Company has more than 250 active projects and open golf courses, covering 33 states and 20 countries.